As Brin reluctantly joins Allanon on his dangerous journey, a prophecy foretells an evil plan to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate more horrible than death. But she has the help of her brother, Jair, and the protection of Rone Leah, who takes his job very seriously, as the comic rustics, Weapons Master Garet Jax and Slanter the gnome, leaven the fantasy.
©1985 Terry Brooks; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
This is a great book. I wish I had heard the other 2 books unabridged (Sword of Shannara and Elfstones of Shannara). Hope they get more unabridged books for this series.
I read the Shannara series and Heritage of Shannara 20 years ago. It is a pleasure to listen to. I plan on catching up in the series and wanted to listen to the original trilogy before diving into this wonderful world again.
I read this trilogy many years ago and was thankful that there was an unabridged version on audible that allowed me to revisit the Shannara stories. The Wishsong is clearly the darkest of the trilogy and the best written. Contrary to an earlier reviewers comments, this is NOT a LOTR knockoff. If someone writes a book that has a shark kill someone does that mean its a JAWS ripoff? Of course not. It's a fantasy book. There is going to be a good and evil character in it. Deal with it. Terry Brooks is an excellent writer and storyteller and the world he creates is dark yet full of hope. I also found the pace to be much quicker in this book then the other two and much less predictable to figure out who was going to die and what was going to happen. As for the narration, Scott Brick is the MAN! Anyone who thinks otherwise has obviously never heard Charles Keating butcher these novels. For those who venture into the Shannara realm you will be rewarded with some of the best storytelling of our time. Treat yourself and make sure you get the "unabridged" edition so you don't miss a beat.
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No, because I found the narrator hard to stick with.
The friendship that develops while facing hardships.
He reads like every word is the climax of the story.
I've read all the books & loved them. I thought I'd enjoy the audio version as well. But I will be skipping any more books read by Scott Brick.
loved it as much as when I was a kid. good narration and this one at least had no war to take up pages of pages.
Not add useless adjectives that were constantly overused and superfluous
He brought the characters to life and gave the book depth that I otherwise would not have seen.
disappointment. I had heard so much about Terry Brooks as an author that I was excited to read his famed Shannara Chronicles. However, upon finishing the third book I was disappointed to find that the story was unoriginal and the same basic story line was used for all three books. He never once diverted from the stereotypical "hero's Journey" plot and all of his character were cut-and-dry fantasy characters.
The first book is great, but that's where the excitement ends. If you are looking for a VERY run-of-the-mill fantasy that is easy to listen to and does not involve a lot of thinking than it's a very good book. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.
Hard to stop listening to to this story. Finally, the series delivers fully developed characters who have to overcome internal struggles against fear, lack of confidence, desire for ultimate power and fight a galant battle to save the 4 lands. The female character, Brin, is more than window dressing and wields terrific power. Jer, brother, delivers powerful support in bringing her back to herself. The supporting character are well developed also and it is easy to care about what happens to them. Great fantasy but also grounded in the earthiness of its characters. I think you will love it.
Terry Brooks tells a terrific story. Even the filler is pretty good. The narrator leaves quite a bit to be dsired. His pronunciation of some of the words is incorrect and grateson the ears and nerves.
Add is inability to show a range of character voices caused me to wonder what character was speaking.
Yes, classic high fantasy.
Jer Olmsford, good and simple person. What you see is what you get.
Notice the 1985 beginning and 2016 ending? Well my second reading was by Audio and what a lifesaver it has been. Being able to just push the play button on my Fire kept me from giving up! The final battle with the Ildatch the Book of Dark Magic was masterful. Even the tiny detail of how the Elfstones were returned to Jer was clever.
"Wishong Of Shannara"
When you go the whole hog and choose one of the 'unabridged' titles; especially when it is a large, large book, one wants to be justified. This was my first 'whole book' and I must say Scott Brick does a good job. Credit where credit is due. It was a relief that it was well recorded too, as the abridged Elfstones Of Shannara (which is a superb novel, had a reader who, though genuinely breathtaking at his job, was badly, very badly let down, by the quality of the recording. Not the story with the unabridged Wishsong Of Shannara. The third and last in the Shannara trilogy. The audio quality was fine and matched every bit by Mr Brick's fine narration. His character voices are believable and Terry Brooks's writing suspenseful, nicely paced and rewards with a worthy and well executed final two chapters.
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